a. Apple (www.apple.com) debuted the MacBook Pro, the first Mac notebook built on the new Intel Core Duo, which is actually two processors engineered onto a single chip. The chip provides 2MB of Smart Cache, which can be shared between cores as needed, and delivers higher performance in 2D and 3D graphics, video editing, and music encoding. Other features include a built-in iSight camera for video conferencing and a Front Row media experience via an Apple Remote.
b. Adobe (www.adobe.com) unveiled the Lightroom public beta, a digital imaging solution with a modular, task-based, streamlined environment. A new interface features Lights-Out mode, which puts the image at center stage by fading the control panels and tools into the background. An Identity Plate feature allows photographers to apply their own branding to the application and its output, and quick One-to-One Zoom enables instant magnification. Lightroom will eventually support Windows and Macintosh platforms.
c. Primera Technology (www.primera.com) introduced the world’s first automated burn-and-print device to support new high-capacity Blu-ray Disc recorders and media, the Bravo XR-Blue Disc Publisher. Along with its built-in robotics and full-color direct-to-disc inkjet printing, the Bravo XR-Blue incorporates Pioneer Electronics Inc.’s new BDR-101A Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder. The initial release of the Bravo XR-Blue Disc Publisher utilizes single-layer discs to store up to 25GB of data.
d. Adorama (www.adorama.com), in cooperation with automobile photographer Joe Farace, has introduced the Joe Farace Reporter Backpack for digital photographers who carry a 17-inch or smaller laptop, a Pro Digital SLR, a 100-400mm zoom lens, and a full assortment of accessories. The pack is crafted of SOFTEX, a high-tech ballistic nylon material known for its ruggedness and resistance to weather, and features nine repositionable dividers.
e. Otterbox (www.otterbox.com) debuted its lastest protective case for the Apple iPod line, this time for the iPod Nano. Like its predecessors, including the recent iPod Video case, this fifth case in the popular line promises waterproof, interactive protection. Features include an interactive membrane that provides click-wheel access and a hard-screen cover to shield the display. Rubber lining inside the case cradles the Nano and a secure-close latch provides additional protection. Waterproof headphones are also available.
f. SimpleTech Inc. (www.simpletech.com) has extended its SimpleShare networked, attached storage product line with a 500GB version with iShare. iShare is designed to give users an easy way to share, store, and protect documents, digital pictures, and music throughout the home, office, and over the Internet. Automatically organize files with ShareSorter or use the iShareGallery feature to quickly create personal Web pages for displaying your work.